BYU–Hawaii Accreditation Reaffirmed Through 2025

Brigham Young University–Hawaii announced today that the Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation of the university through 2025. WSCUC’s accreditation process evaluates institutions for their educational excellence and operational effectiveness. The commission’s decision was based on a thorough self-study report prepared by BYU–Hawaii, an offsite review of that report by a WSCUC evaluation team and a three-day campus visit by that same team this past March.  

Michael Tejada Promoted to Director of Budgets

Michael Tejada has been named as Director of Budgets at Brigham Young University–Hawaii. “We are pleased that Michael has accepted this position,” said Vice President of Administration Steve Tueller. “I look forward to working closely with him in this new capacity.”   Tejada is an alumnus of BYU–Hawaii where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He later earned a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Utah. He worked for Deloitte Touche and Bank of Hawaii before joining the BYU–Hawaii team in 2012.   Tejada has deep connections to the Laie and Kahuku community.

BYU-Hawaii Students Attend Washington D.C. Practicum

On May 10th, 11 BYU-Hawaii Political Science Major students attended a practicum in Washington D.C. The trip ended with 15 meetings with over 20 professionals, 4 graduate schools with multiple programs, 1 job offer extended, internships gained, and many people willing to be contacted in D.C. for future outreach.

Steven W. Tueller appointed Vice President of Administration

Brigham Young University–Hawaii is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven W. Tueller as Vice President of Administration. The BYU–Hawaii Board of Trustees approved the appointment following the recommendation of the university search committee. 

As Vice President of Administration, Tueller will serve on the BYU–Hawaii President’s Council and will have responsibility for Financial Services, Budget, Human Resources, IT, and Compliance and Internal Audit. Tueller came to BYU–Hawaii in June of 2006 and currently serves as the Managing Director of Budget and Human Resources.

Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker

On June 8, 2017 the Spring 2017 Commencement speech will be given by Elder Ulisses Soares, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.

Elder Ulisses Soares was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2005. He was named a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on January 6, 2013.He served previously as a counselor in the Africa Southeast Area, President of the Brazil Area, and as a counselor in the Brazil South Area.

Feki Pouha to Lead BYU–Hawaii Office of Honor

UH Manoa performs Mo'olelo play Nā Kau a Hi’iaka at BYU-Hawaii

Image by: Olivia Tsan

The Hawaiian Theatre and Dance Program from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa performed the Hawaiian play “Nā Kau a Hi’iaka” in collaboration with BYU-Hawaii from Mar. 9-11. Written and directed by Puakahiki Kau’i Kaina, the play portrayed Ko Mo’olelo o Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, or “The Epic Tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele.”

The entire performance was performed in Mo’olelo, the Hawaiian language. The play featured traditional Hawaiian dance, Hawaiian drums, and native Hawaiian costumes.

One of BYU–Hawaii’s most notable alumni passes away

LAIE, Hawaii – Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, former U.S. Congressional Representative for American Samoa and BYU–Hawaii alumnus (Class of 1964), passed away on February 22 surrounded by loved ones in his home in Provo, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Hinanui, and five children, two of whom also attended BYU­–Hawaii.